Leroy E. Corning, 83, of Troy

LeRoy E. Corning (Smed) was born on July 20, 1935, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 2, 2018, at his home on Angel Island, Bull Lake, near Troy, Mont.

Born in Hood River, Ore., to George and Marie Corning, LeRoy attended Billings Sr. High school class of 1954. He continued his secondary education at the University of Montana, “Go Griz,” where  he was a proud Phi Delta and earned his BA in Business, graduating in 1958. LeRoy served four years in the reserves and two years active duty in the Navy on the U.S.S. Pine Island.

On Dec. 28, 1959, LeRoy married the love of his life Cara Lou Boggess in Libby, Mont. He then started his career at J.Neils Lumber Company. His career continued  with St. Regis and Champion Lumber Companies. He retired Oct. 1, 1996, as Western Regional Sales Manager.

LeRoy enjoyed golfing, fishing, taking care of his lawn, loving his family, friends, and anyone he met, especially his beloved Denver Broncos! He was a constantly busy man as we all know, particularly the last few years as an Angel Island Community Association board member.

LeRoy is survived by his children, Blake, Turis, and Callan (Matt), grandchildren Steven (Megan), Taylor (DJ), Gabby, and Payton, his sister Connie Harrison, nephew Chris (Nancy), niece Nancy (Mark) McDonald, great nephews Clinton (Leslie) Harrison, Michael (Vanessa) McDonald, great niece Marie McDonald, cousin Jeri (Steve) Munyan, and their children, Jenni (Glen) Pennington, Drew (Amanda) Munyan, and Darcy Munyan, and all their children. He is also survived by his “Sweetie” of ten years, Suzi Palin,     and her sons Shell, Curt and Mitch. His special friends Jim and Marcia Tomlin and the entire Hunter family meant a great deal to him as well as numerous other cousins, family, and friends.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his adoring wife Cara Lou and his parents George and Marie.

He was a cherished husband, dad, grandpa, papa, sweetie, and friend. LeRoy will be greatly missed by all of those who had the good fortune to know him.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Schnackenberg Funeral Home.

A “Grand Slam” Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 844 Halo Dr., Troy, Mont. at 2 p.m. at LeRoy’s home  on Angel Island.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Ryan Edward Nixon, 31, of Libby

Ryan Edward Nixon, age 31, beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend, passed away on Aug. 5, 2018.

Ryan was born in Denton, Texas to Randy and Lynn Nixon on Aug. 14, 1986 and moved back to Libby with his parents when he was two months old. Ryan attended Libby schools and his chosen profession was that of an excellent cook, a skill he learned from his mother Lynn.

At the time of his passing, Ryan lived and worked in Kalispell, Mont.

Ryan was easy going and happy, and he was known for his caring and compassion. He was loved by many and had many friends.

Survivors include his mother Lynn Nixon and father Randy Nixon and step mother Amy of Libby; grandparents Ed and Polly Nixon of Libby; sister Amber Pederson and husband John of New Mexico; brother Daiven Reuss of Mont.; brother Jeremiah Irwin and Jeannie of Va.; brother Justin Irwin of Pa.; sister Kelsi McIntyre of Mont.; brother James Skinner of Mo.; nephews Jairdan Pederson, “Big W” Wyatt Pederson, and Jayce Chandler and nieces Sophia Pederson and Zayna Makowiecki; Uncle Kip Nixon and Aunt Michele of Libby ; Aunt Tammy Ivins of Ore.; Aunt Deanna Benton and Uncle Kevin of Idaho; Auntie Leah Taylor and Uncle Scott of Mont.; Uncle John Pruisman of Wash.; and numerous cousins and other relatives, as well as many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Dorothy Hoyt, and grandfathers Jerry Pruisman and Edward Hoyt.

Viewing will be held at the Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home, 422 West 2nd Street in Libby on Wednesday, Aug. 15, with private viewing from 1 until 3 p.m. and public viewing from 3 until 7 p.m.

A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at the Assembly of God Church in Libby, 105 Collins Avenue, at 10:30 am.

Directly following the service at the church, all are invited to a time of remembrance of Ryan at the American Legion, 319 California Avenue, Libby.

Ryan, you will always be our superman.